The Russians are pushing back the Ukrainians with heavy artillery fire.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has been characterized as an artillery duel, with the Russian military possessing greater cannons and rocket artillery systems. Unnamed senior advisor of the Ukrainian army stated that Russia is bombarding Ukraine with up to 60,000 artillery shells and rockets daily. The Russians are destroying Ukrainian defenses with indiscriminate and overwhelming artillery fire. According to the adviser to the Ukrainian president, his nation needs 300 multiple-launch missile systems, 1,000 howitzers, and 500 tanks. Recently, the Pentagon confirmed that it would supply four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems to Ukraine.
As a result of the Russian military’s use of outdated Kh-22 cruise missiles, experts are arguing how many precision-guided weapons the Russians still possess. According to former U.S. Marine Col. Mike Samarov, the Russians are devoting all of their firepowers to cracking the Ukrainian lines. Samarov was in charge of a team advising the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman on Russia, European, and NATO strategy and policy. According to him, western artillerymen undergo significant training to place unguided rounds on target with their first fire. Samarov asserts that the Russians lack a professional artillery force.